“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the realization that there is something more important than your fears.”
There’s always a reason not to do something. But, at some point, your desire to act has to outweigh your fear.
Whether it is pursuing a relationship or investing in real estate, you have to want something so badly that you are willing to take a calculated risk.
There are countless methods and tricks to help overcome fear, but at the end of the day the goal has to be so compelling that nothing else matters, even your fears.
For me, the main way I overcome fear is by keeping my eyes on the prize.
By that I mean I focus intently on what I’m trying to achieve or accomplish until it pushes me right past my fears. (I don’t know if you ever eliminate fear. I think you just conquer it in the moment.)
Another way I fight through my fears is asking, “What’s the worst thing that can happen if things go bad?”
In most cases, the answer really isn’t that that bad.
For example, when I bought my first rental house, I was very nervous about being responsible for a long-term mortgage until I realized that the only real obligation I had was a monthly payment, which, in a worst case scenario, I could figure out a way to pay by other means.
What methods do you use to move past fear and towards your dreams?
Originally posted by Douglas Skipworth on Bigger Pockets, January 18th, 2016